Vietnam reduces plan to build new coal plants amid fiscal and environmental concerns

Vietnam is scaling back a plan to build new coal plants, as financial restrictions and local environmental concerns increase the difficulty and complexity of constructing such facilities.

The National Steering Committee for Power Development has recommended eliminating about 15 gigawatts of planned new coal plants by 2025 due to slow progress and the unwillingness of some regions to develop them, according to state-controlled news website VietnamPlus. The central government will have final say on the plan. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam reduces plan to build new coal plants amid fiscal and environmental concerns”

Environmental damage to coral reefs in South China Sea

Sciencedaily.com 

Date: February 27, 2020
Source: James Cook University
Summary: New research reveals the unseen environmental damage being done to coral reefs in the hotly contested South China Sea, as China and other nations jostle for control of the disputed sea lanes.

New research reveals the unseen environmental damage being done to coral reefs in the hotly contested South China Sea, as China and other nations jostle for control of the disputed sea lanes.

Professor Eric Wolanski and Dr Severine Chokroun from James Cook University in Australia are physical oceanographers, researching the distribution, circulation, and physical properties of water.

In a new scientific paper, they argue that the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea are in even more serious trouble than first believed.

“The Spratlys are the sites of a military build-up and gross overfishing, mainly by China. Reefs and islands have been destroyed to construct military outposts to further territorial claims,” said Professor Wolanski. Tiếp tục đọc “Environmental damage to coral reefs in South China Sea”

A plague of locusts has descended on East Africa. Climate change may be to blame.

 

Human activity has made an ocean circulation pattern misbehave—triggering a weird confluence of events that has caused the infestations.

Desert locusts have swarmed into Kenya by the hundreds of millions from Somalia and Ethiopia, where such numbers haven’t been seen in a quarter-century. The insects are decimating farmland, threatening an already vulnerable region.

East Africa is in the midst of a crisis that sounds like something out of the Book of Exodus: A plague of locusts is spreading across the region, threatening the food supply of tens of millions. City-sized swarms of the dreaded pests are wreaking havoc as they descend on crops and pasturelands, devouring everything in a matter of hours. The scale of the locust outbreak, which now affects seven East African countries, is like nothing in recent memory. Tiếp tục đọc “A plague of locusts has descended on East Africa. Climate change may be to blame.”

The Future Energy Show Vietnam 2020 to take place in Ho Chi Minh City

 

Returning on 8-9 July 2020 to The Adora Center, Ho Chi Minh City, The Future Energy Show Vietnam 2020, co-located with The Power & Electricity Show VietnamThe Energy Storage Show VietnamThe Smart Energy Show Vietnam and The Solar Show Vietnam, will bring together policy makers, regulators, investors and financiers, utilities, power producers, project developers, renewable energy vendors, with the business owners and land developers to discuss the future of energy in Vietnam.

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Family of retired Sydney baker jailed in Vietnam say Australia needs to do more

As Chau Van Kham, a member of a banned pro-democracy group, prepares for his final appeal, his son fears he will die jail

Sydney man Chau Van Kham, left, is escorted into a court room in Vietnam
 Sydney man Chau Van Kham, left, is taken into court in Vietnam where he was sentenced to 12 years in jail for involvement with pro-democracy group Viet Tan. Photograph: Nguyen Thanh Chung/AP

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Vietnam joins ASEAN effort to combat IUU fishing

This file photo shows Indonesian authorities sinking a Vietnamese fishing boat at Datuk island, in West Kalimantan on 4 May, 2019. (AFP Photo)
Relations between the EU and some ASEAN member states have been tense in recent years because of the seafood trade, stemming from the European Commission’s (EC) sanctions related to the illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. As Chair of ASEAN 2020, Vietnam hopes to promote cooperation among ASEAN member states and address this issue to actively contribute towards better ASEAN-EU trade relations. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam joins ASEAN effort to combat IUU fishing”

Vietnam: Shipping firms in troubled waters as coronavirus hits trade

Vietnamese shipping firms are reporting falling revenues after the coronavirus outbreak brought trade-related activities to a standstill in China.

Pham Hong Manh, manager of Hai Phong shipping firm T.S. Container Lines, said his company has reduced shipping from China since January 19.

It used to ply up to 13 times a month to Chinese ports, but the figure was down to eight last month and to seven this month, he said.

Ships are docking at other ports outside China, which accounts for 40 percent of international shipping in Vietnam, but this pushes up costs, he said.

“Our shipments have fallen by 30 percent year-on-year due to the outbreak. We estimate our losses at millions of dollars.”

Vietnam’s biggest shipping firm, Vinalines, is also struggling as shipping activities in China and some other countries have dwindled. Many of its ship are lying idle in ports.

The company, formally known as the Vietnam National Shipping Lines, estimated shipments in the first six months could fall by 15 percent year-on-year.

Its revenues could fall by VND992 billion ($42.7 million) and profits by VND224 billion ($9.6 million) in the period, it estimated further.

The epidemic outbreak has meant there are fewer personnel to operate ports in China, resulting in less traffic to all countries, including Vietnam.

Quy Nhon Port in central Vietnam now operates only 20 days a month instead of 30, with shipments falling by 15 percent. Last month it handled 100,000 tonnes less than targeted.

Vietnamese ports handled 655 million tonnes of cargo last year, up 14 percent from 2018, according to the Vietnam Maritime Administration.
Source: VN Express

Hanoi ranked world’s seventh most polluted capital city in 2019

By Nguyen Quy  VNExpress March 1, 2020 | 03:00 pm GMT+7

Hanoi ranked world's seventh most polluted capital city in 2019

Haze shrouds Hanoi sky over Pham Van Dong Street, Cau Giay District, in the morning of December 13, 2019. Photo by VnExpress/Gia Nghia.

Hanoi has become the world’s seventh most polluted capital city, even worse than Beijing, a new IQ AirVisual report says.

The city’s worsening air quality saw its average PM2.5 level last year rise to 46.9 micrograms per cubic meter of air from 40.8 in 2018, according to a report released this week by Switzerland-based air quality monitor, IQAir AirVisual.

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Vietnam Airlines, whose revenues have been hit badly by the Covid-19 epidemic, has cut the salaries of senior managers by 40 percent this year.